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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.96 | 19 ratings

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4 stars 3.75. Hacride's Lazarus: solid, powerful, complex, intense. But not groundbreaking, the fifth star being for "originality", even if the album is far from being dull or déjà-vu.

Onto the music. The music generally is progressive death metal. Clean and growling vocals (French accent still audible :) ), effiscient drumming, quiet bass, and great guitars, although they sometimes drastically lose thickness (so bass and drums are turned up to compensate...). The riffs are curshing and punch right out, but what follows isn't always brought up correctly... Some superb moods during the album, you simply get carried through. Variations of ambiances and sounds, mixing soft and hard sound.

'To Walk Among Them' is the giant that serves as an opener. Clocking in at 15min, it gives you directly what you need to know for the rest of the album. Construction, uncountable riffs, complexe but coherent, even if it's quite linear. 'Act Of God' is your metal second track. After you've taken in 15minutes of violence this track is the small pill (6:44...) with the big effect. Kicking in with a headbang, and then heading right into the pit of deathcore hell. And a nice ending theme. 'Lazarus' is a well constructed progressive track. Heavily influenced by Meshuggah, the song is a crafting of moods that carry the "brutality" through the track. 'Phenomenon' is the shortest on the album and weirdly, is song with the longest 'clean' passage (2:03). A mellow metal song, that gets a bit boring. 'A World Of Lies' continues the work of started with tracks 1 and 3, plus great vocals, and some more original riffs. A good surprise at this stage of the album! 'Awakening' is closer to the likes of Nemo, Dream Theater or The Mars Volta, for the first 3 minutes, and returning to a more 'death' sound afterwards. The ending sort of blends these 2 parts, in a quite enjoyable way. I didn't like the quirky bass work 6:50... 'My Enemy' completes the album showing us that Hacride chose to interlace 'week' and 'strong' tracks. It's a bit rawer at the beginning, close to Mastodon. but giving in to a fine progression of a variety of moods and riffs, and ending weirdly on a chorus V 7 chord. Why not...

Still a great album, enjoyable, crushing, and sometimes suprising.

mono | 4/5 |


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